May Book Selection:
The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy
When a Jewish family tried to escape from the Nazis, the stepmother, fearing that the children would compromise their chance of survival, urged the father to leave the boy and the girl in the woods while the adults moved on. The children, lost, stumbled upon a hut, where an old woman lived by herself.
The author turned the well known tale of Hansel and Gretel into a story of love and survival in a small Polish village during WWII. It's a tightly woven tale, the characters interweaving with each other even though they may not know of the other's existence. They are like insects trapped on a spider web, each action trembling along the criss-cross of silk threads. As they get more and more tangled in the web, the foreboding sense that something bad, something dark, will happen seize upon the reader. Will they make it out alive? Will they be able to break free?
A spell-binding tale that won't let go of you easily.